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Friday, May 27, 2011

Dave Grohl and Neil Young: 'Sign of Love"

Neil Young and Dave Grohl

From Ultimate Classic Rock:
"Neil Young released a new version of the song ‘Sign of Love’ from his current ‘Le Noise’ yesterday, with special guest drummer — Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters — added to the mix of this previously guitar and vocals-only track."

Preview track on Ultimate Classic Rock.


At 5/27/2011 10:08:00 PM, Blogger Surfer Joe said...

Hey guys, you can hear Grey Riders on

At 5/27/2011 11:14:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounded nice
one of eleventhousand

At 5/28/2011 05:22:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally awesome

At 5/28/2011 06:15:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definitely NOT the same guitar and vocal mix on the album, but likely the same performance (neil did do a few takes, which were all recorded). The Howard/lanois sonic treatments are noticeably absent/reduced in the mix, which suits this drum-in version. The guitar mix also sounded slightly different, with more mids and a stronger fuzz coming from the deluxe. sorta moot, though. Its different, and it rocks. Neil is God.

At 5/28/2011 09:38:00 AM, Blogger Shawn said...

Where can I buy this track?

At 5/28/2011 09:38:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil Young and the International Harvesters hit single Grey Riders is available on iTunes and Amazon!

Is this version of "Sign of Love" only on that site?
Does Neil know it has been released?

Grey Riders is awesome.

At 5/28/2011 01:15:00 PM, Blogger punkdavid said...

I'm intrigued, if not terribly impressed, by this track. My primary criticism is just that I thought Sign of Love was the weakest song on Le Noise, and adding dubbed in drums doesn't really add much to the product.

The website says that Neil "has released" this. Where? On that one website that I'd never heard of before this? Is it going to be on iTunes? On Neil's new website as a pay or free download? On a single to radio? Does Neil know he "has released" this song?

This reminds me of the "Flying on the Ground" version that was "released" on youtube a year or so ago, which sounded very much like a full band Buffalo Springfield recording with Neil on vocals. A VERY exciting find, if it were real. A more careful listen revealed that it was the same basic acoustic guitar and vocal demo that appeared on the BS Box Set and The Archives, with overdubbed guitars, bass and drums, played in a very good impression of Buffalo Springfield's style. Tricked me at first, I'll admit.

At 5/28/2011 01:27:00 PM, Blogger BecauseSoundMatters said...

I also do think it's a hoax!

Two words: Grey Riders

At 5/28/2011 02:47:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@punkdavid - good questions. no clue. let us know what you find out.

@BSM - why do think so? yes on GR!

At 5/28/2011 03:02:00 PM, Blogger punkdavid said...

Well, there certainly is one frequent poster on this blog who knows whether the track is legit or not. Shall we just wait for him to post, or send him a note?

At 5/28/2011 10:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A hoax.

Why? Because it sounds like sh*t. It's mixed so poorly, and Grohl is a better drummer than this anyhow.

- vertigone

At 5/28/2011 10:42:00 PM, Blogger BIGCHIEF said...

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At 5/29/2011 03:59:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

Yes this is a real track with Dave Grohl on drums.
coming out as a single.

speculation over...
bring on the evaluation.


Archives Guy

At 5/29/2011 04:15:00 PM, Blogger Jonathan said...

I've always thought that the entire 'Le Noise' approach is giving longtime fans of Neil's writing a peek inside what it's like before a band is introduced to the songs.

With Pearl Jam covering 'Walk with Me' at last year's Bridge and now this, it seems to be coming to pass - if not only in tiny steps.

There's no reason Neil couldn't take the 'Le Noise' material to an entirely different level with a full band.

At 5/29/2011 04:26:00 PM, Blogger BecauseSoundMatters said...

"speculation over...
bring on the evaluation."

Mp3's are hard to evaluate... you know that... except for Grey Riders of course...

Well, well, it's real after all. it kind of surprises me, but okay, Neilvana never sounded better!

At 5/29/2011 04:34:00 PM, Blogger Jill said...

After just one listening I can`t say it does anything for me. The drums sound too separate from Neil`s sound and it doesnt`t seem to gel, but maybe that`s because I`m so used to hearing the Le Noise version. But on the other hand I`m happy to give it longer to let it grow on me. I always admire Neil`s willingness to take a chance and try something new, so let`s see where he wants to take us...

At 5/29/2011 05:26:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Hello Mr Archives Guy,

Nice to hear from you with a confirmation of authenticity. You know how these crazy internets can be sometimes...

We think anytime anyone has the opportunity to blend, mix and record is a pretty cool deal.

Just look at Redlight King's career boost from the Old Man rap re-mix.

It's all good cause it's all one song...


At 5/29/2011 11:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand all the harsh words for this version of the song. It totally rocks. Grohl's drumming sounds great, Neil's vocals are interesting on this one. Love it! Grohl does a good job of working around Neil's irregular timing. Sounds organic in its imperfection. The drums add so much. I love both versions.

At 5/30/2011 01:26:00 AM, Blogger punkdavid said...

OK, so it's legit. Is there any information about how this collaboration came to be? Would seem to be an interesting story.

Word verification: cryin

Who's gonna dry, your cryin eyes?

At 5/30/2011 09:32:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To me, the drums bring this song to life. I frankly don't care for Le Noise at all. Indeed, I can barely listen to it because I keep waiting for the drums to kick in and the songs to take off. I hope that they do this with some other, stronger songs on the album. Could be great.

At 5/31/2011 12:54:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I can't believe it's real. It sounds like someone with Garage Band software banging along to the track. This is disappointing, seems like it was thrown together. Why not do something new with Grohl?

- vertigone

At 5/31/2011 03:04:00 PM, Blogger Jim said...

Drums are exactly what "Le Noise" was missing! I never listen to that album, as it's just not very exciting to me with electric guitars all over the place, yet no drums. :/

I full band would've really made Le Noise great. Hearing the drums on Sign of Love make it easier to imagine that. :D

At 5/31/2011 03:05:00 PM, Blogger Jim said...

A full band***

At 6/01/2011 10:43:00 AM, Anonymous Mother Nature on the Run said...

I can't imagine how much fun it would be for a musician to be asked to do something like this!

I think we pretty much imagined it would sound like this, don't you think?

What's next? Horn section?

At 6/01/2011 10:50:00 AM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

Alto and Tenor Sax...


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